triv·​ia | \ ˈtri-vē-ə How to pronounce trivia (audio) \

Definition of trivia

: unimportant matters : trivial facts or details also singular in construction : a quizzing game involving obscure facts

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Recent Examples on the Web This week’s trivia question: What event caused Yerba Buena, soon to be renamed San Francisco, to briefly become a Mormon-majority town? Gary Kamiya,, "San Francisco’s Greektown was a big part of South of Market. Now it’s long gone," 21 Feb. 2020 Thanks for responding to last week’s trivia question: Two future Ohio presidents served as infantry officers in the only major U.S. Civil War battle to take place in Ohio. cleveland, "DeWine hopes to toughen penalties on distracted driving: Capitol Letter," 14 Feb. 2020 Each light green coaster has the Central Perk logo printed on the front and two trivia questions on the back (with answers written upside down in tiny print). Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "'Friends' Trivia Coasters Are Here to Add a Little Competition to Your Social Gatherings," 16 Jan. 2020 Boisvert, the biggest Star Wars fan in the group, has been tasked with coming up with the trivia questions in a range of categories. Michael Walsh,, "Teen Librarians Partnering For Star Wars Trivia Tournament," 3 Dec. 2019 Probably no trivia questions about China or democracy. Ben Crandell,, "Weekend preview: Honor a hero, meet your new dog, give a Van Damme in Boca Raton," 16 Oct. 2019 So Mumbai becomes the answer to a trivia question — the site of the first successful NBA coaches’ challenge. Los Angeles Times, "NBA: Luke Walton is first coach to successfully argue call," 5 Oct. 2019 So Mumbai becomes the answer to a trivia question — the site of the first successful NBA coaches’ challenge. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Challenges upheld: Pacers, Kings get calls changed in India," 5 Oct. 2019 Trivial pursuit: One of the trivia questions at Saturday’s game asked which player scored the most goals last year: Reece Newkirk, Jake Gricius or Seth Jarvis? Samantha Meese, oregonlive, "On the Portland Winterhawks: Start Your Engines," 23 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of trivia

1920, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for trivia

New Latin, back-formation from Latin trivialis

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The first known use of trivia was in 1920

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26 Feb 2020

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“Trivia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of trivia

: unimportant facts or details
: facts about people, events, etc., that are not well-known


noun plural
triv·​ia | \ ˈtri-vē-ə How to pronounce trivia (audio) \

Kids Definition of trivia

: interesting facts that are not well-known
Hint: Trivia can be used as a singular or a plural in writing and speaking.

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